Category Archives: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

88: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 Little Russian

The symphony takes its name from the use of Ukrainian Folk Songs; Ukraine often referred to as Little Russia in Tchaikovsky’s day. Tchaikovsky wrote most of his second symphony while staying with his sister’s family in Kamianka, Ukraine. He finished … Continue reading

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Fantasia

Maybe this seems obvious, but I can’t talk about classical music in films without talking about Fantasia. Within this film are all of my earliest memories of classical music. Fantasia was released in 1940. It began with the concept of … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky wrote the 1812 Overture in 1880 for use in a dedication service for the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow commemorating the 1812 Battle of Borodino and the retreat of the French army from Moscow. The Battle of … Continue reading

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